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Die Mercurii 5° Julii 2000

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

1. Lord Bishop of Chelmsford—John Freeman Lord Bishop of Chelmsford was introduced between the Lord Bishop of Blackburn and the Lord Bishop of Wakefield; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2. Regina v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Petitioners) ex parte Newfields Developments Limited (Respondents) (England)—The appeal of Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inland Revenue was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 16th August next.

3. Chief Adjudication Officer (Respondent) v. Stafford and another (Appellant)—It was ordered that the appeal be dismissed in accordance with Standing Order V, the appellant having failed to give security for costs by 7th June.

4. Regina v. Sheffield City Council (Respondents) ex parte Low (F.C.) (Petitioner)—The petitioner’s funding code certificate was lodged.


5. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Armenia—Exchange of notes between the United Kingdom and Armenia terminating the Treaty on Merchant Navigation between the United Kingdom and the USSR;      (4751)

    2. Azerbaijan—Partnership and co-operation agreement between the European Communities and Azerbaijan;      (4752)

    3. NATO—Agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty for the security of information.      (4787)

6. Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 2000.

7. Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Football Spectators (Seating) Order 2000, laid under the Football Spectators Act 1989;      (1739)

    2. Explosive Substances (Hazard Information) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.      (1646)

8. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Report for 1999 of the Office of Telecommunications, laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;

    2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Nottingham (Bulwell) Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    3. (i)      Report for 1999-2000 of the Parliamentary Ombudsman—

      (ii) Report for October 1999 to March 2000 of the Parliamentary Ombudsman on selected cases and summaries of completed investigations—

    laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967;

    4. Review for 1999-2000 of the Youth Justice Board, laid under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Public Business

9. Royal Parks (Trading) Bill—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported without amendment; the report was received.

10. Utilities Bill—The report was received; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 to 4); it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 100)

11. Voluntary service—The Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to increase the awareness among employers and young people of the case for taking gap years and undertaking voluntary service; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Blackstone.

The House was adjourned at twenty-seven minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, two o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.


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